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Cambodia's rail back on track after four decades of woe

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After a number of delays, Royal Railway has announced that work on Cambodia's northern line would be finished by July. (Photo by Masayori Ishikawa)

POIPET, Cambodia -- Cambodia's railways are set for a historic revival next month when a single track stretching from Poipet, near Thailand, to Phnom Penh is complete, effectively connecting the country from north to south by rail for the first time in 45 years.

The completion of the northern line will close the chapter on years of delays and controversy, and marks a significant leap in economic progress since the country's infrastructure was decimated by years of war.

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